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  • The gardens of the student’s residence, London.
    Hufton + Crow
  • Evening view of the Academic Building at King's Cross, London.
    Architect : Maki and Associates
  • View of the Academic Building at King's Cross, London.
    Architect : Maki and Associates
  • The gardens of the student’s residence, London.
    Hufton + Crow
  • The Student Housing Building - Shared kitchen and lounge area at Victoria Hall King's Cross, London.
    Matt Cant
King's Cross Campus

Several institutions based in London, including the Aga Khan University, The Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), will move to a new purpose built building at King’s Cross in the summer of 2018.

This new building is part of a wider collection of AKDN projects at King’s Cross which includes a student accommodation facility completed in 2016 and contributions to two key spaces within the public realm of the King’s Cross Central development.

The student housing building – designed by London-based award-winning architects Stanton Williams – has 198 student rooms and a number of communal spaces for student life. Students attending The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) occupy just over half of the rooms; the balance is rented out to third parties.

The academic and office building – designed by the renowned Japanese architect, Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki – is primarily for an academic community, with spaces for students, scholars and staff to share ideas and work together alongside flexible spaces for teaching, quiet research, a library and for secure archival storage for rare books and manuscripts.

For the Aga Khan Foundation, the building will also act as a learning centre for programme enhancement, policy dialogue, education, and the dissemination of best practices in international development.  

A key feature of both buildings is a series of gardens that reflect – through contemporary landscape design – approaches to landscape architecture from different regions of the Muslim world.  The ten gardens across the two new buildings and the public realm form a green ribbon which seeks to reflect the great diversity of cultures across the world of Islam.


View of the Academic Building at King's Cross, London.
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Architect : Maki and Associates